Thursday, 3 January 2013

Vizor Christmas - Part two

So having celebrated Christmas early with family that weren't in Swindon on Christmas Day, we celebrated Christmas a second time with the rest of the family.

As Josh's birthday is in December we don't decorate the house until after we have celebrated and this year he was 16.  Not sure where that time has gone, but we start on major GCSE revision in the New Year and arranging college courses for September.

The only exception to Christmas decorations before Josh's birthday are the Advent calendars.  We have three reusable versions and then have a fair trade chocolate one as well.

Advent Calendar & bunting - counting down to Christmas
We did decorate a tree on Josh's birthday, but as it was part of the church Christmas Tree Festival we didn't think this broke our rules.  Each of the trees was decorated for a charity or local group and was on the thee of a Christmas Carol.  We decorated ours for Compassion, the charity we sponsor two children through.  Their charity colour is blue and so we decorated the tree with only blue decorations and made the word Compassion in yellow funky foam to hang on the tree.

Christmas tree festival
And so to decorating the house for Christmas and new decorations I have been making recently to incorporate into our scheme.

The hall, with snowflake garland
Josh adapted some baubles, a vase and some LED lights to make a table decorations that we are very impressed with.

Table decoration
Last year I made a rag wreath, which this year we hung above the kitchen door (no pins allowed in the new doors!).
Rag wreath with fair trade bell heart
I love laying the table with all the glitz of Christmas and this was this year's table:

Happy Christmas from the Vizor Family
The bible verse for today sums up the Christmas message:

I told you the most important part of the message 
exactly as it was told to me. 
That part is:
Christ died for our sins,
    as the Scriptures say.

1 Corinthians 15:3

Our family prayer at the start of a new year is for all those who lost loved ones in 2012, in particular the children shot in America.  May 2013 be filled with memories and the love of God draw close to them.

With Christmas blessings from my family to yours,

Jo x

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